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Leiru Interview

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 08:05
1.For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

There is not much to tell, the band was founded ten years ago, I performed almost everything until Sadaist (drums) joined in 2010. Leiru was a typical bedroom project and in many aspects (it) is still one, mostly because of my working method. Albeit this is a lo-fi project, the songs always evolve in time, I modify them several times, and they get a lot of care. We have far-flung influences, from black metal to classic rock, and when I create songs, I usually throw away the themes which are orthodox but boring. My intention is to create something that affects emotions. Not something big, strange, evil or monumental, but something about sorrow, loneliness, love, desires, fears, ego and relationships. In the end, all that matters is the song. Not any kind of ideologies or expectations from the outside.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Amateur, lo-fi, accidental, experimental. I have no real talent nor real interest in the technical background of the music, but I compensate this a bit with my perseverance. This is a patchwork which contains a lot of energy and sweat, high blood pressure and stomach ache.
   

3.Since 2009 there has only been an ep and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

I live in a small town in countryside, Sadaist lives in the capital city, Budapest. We got jobs, we rarely meet, we got only 1-2 rehearsals a year. But this is just one side of the coin. I have long empty phases in my life, when I cannot create, there is no inspiration, or I simply play too much with Dark Souls. Despite, I already have several songs written, enough to record a full-length album, but the new songs are more complex than before, so we need to practice more, pay more attention. I try to manage this.
   

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

They are mostly based on my average life experiences squeezed through my twisted mind. I mix my experiences and my visions. I often write about dreams and nightmares, my relationships also appear for a few sentences. It’s a self-centered music, so that’s all.  

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Leiru'?

Archangel Uriel is the guardian of Hell’s gates, a mighty divine creature with goals, a mission and no free will at all. My creature Leiru is similar to him in some ways, but mainly the inversion of him: a powerful, immortal creature without any meaning or purpose for its existence. He could be called anti-cosmic as well, with the desire to abolish mankind and the creation, because for him these things like life, humanity, existence are foul, because they were created by the powers of the Demiurge. People have a tendency to romanticize nature, although it has always been our biggest enemy, civilization is based on the ability to rule the powers of nature. But in the meanwhile, we still can’t control our own human nature.
I hate people since my childhood, but on the other hand, I have always understood them, I can even sympathize with them. I have sleepless nights because of the concerns and worries because of the sins we commit and I hope that there is no other form of intelligence in the universe, because humanity’s crimes are unparalelled, but then again: the only thing that can solve or cure this is intelligence. But intelligence and culture are always crushed down by our own nature, the will to power and dumbness. These things are normal parts of the human nature and existence as well. Absorb, devour - that is a law. Leiru is against that law, against the law of nature.

6.With the exception of the drummer the main member records everything by himself, would you consider this more of a solo project?

Yes, but I hope one day Sadaist will bring his own ideas. He does not classify himself as a creative person, but I think he’s not exactly right. Drumming satisfies him, but he bought an analog synth not long ago, and I hope he will learn how to compose, try different things, dare to experiment, and it will help him to develop, and this is Leiru’s interest too.

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Kolp', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Kolp was the only Hungarian band I could imagine Leiru being on the same recording with. Still, we are far away from each other both musically and lyrically, but I felt something common. I’m not sure what is it exactly. I heard the Valley of Plague EP and I thought: that is it. Miserable and painful, but still human, no fake image. Sadaist was the drummer at the few gigs of Kolp, and he is also a friend of Knot, so I came up with the idea of the split through him. Knot had a lot of work with this, I owe him much. And I am very satisfied with the outcome I feel like this release brought Leiru to a new level.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

I don’t know. Who are the fans of black metal? I can hardly imagine that a fanatic Marduk fan hears this stuff, and says: “Oh, what a masterpiece!” Or some progressive shit and sound fetishist, who is not laughing because of the lack of sound and instrument quality. I’m afraid, some post-BM guys like it, but I can live with that. I don’t care. I think our music isn’t post black metal, I write riffs for the love of god, but I admit: this music can be confusing. Not pure stuff, but our roots definitely are. The reviews are mostly positive so far, and we already got 104 likes on Facebook \m/. 


9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the drummer is a part of?

Sadaist: In the last few years I took on too much work, So I had an urgent need to make a selection because the constant rehearsals had a bad effect on my enthusiasm. From now on, my main project is Purulent Rites. We have a full length record finished, it is online for streaming until we find a label. This band is a live band, we would like to play as much as possible.

Limb for a Limb is currently on hold, we had no gigs or releases since 2 years, and I am not sure if we will ever come back. I also quit Niedergang after the recording of the second album, which will be out soon btw.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Soon, I hope so at least, but the thing is as said above: we work slowly. Even though the songs for the new full-length album are written, a lot of work is still to be done. It is possible that it will take even years until we come up with the new album, and I have no idea what will happen after that. Maybe we're just gonna go down the drain. But there is something I can say about the musical direction for the forthcoming album. The new songs are somewhat METAL oriented pieces, influenced mostly by heavy and thrash metal. The split was the goodbye to our middle age, the times of our 90 bpm fast black metal ballads are over. Why? I got bored of that. I feel like I’m about to lose my creativity, so maybe that is the reason I prefer the fast, complex guitar rhythms now. But we’ll see how things evolve.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

At the age of 15 I listened to the first 3 Metallica albums and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden again and again. (Kill em’ All is nowadays’ an inspiration to me again.) Then Impaled Nazarene came, and everything changed. When I made the first demo, my main influences were the early Ulver, Enslaved and Burzum albums, the Norwegian classics. I transform my inspirations, I work like a filter and recreate something similar but different. The songs of the last split MC are plagiarisms, I copied myself. I know that I have my own style, but my style is to steal from different artists, even from myself. This is not on purpose, but that’s how it goes. Some new songs are inspired by Plaga, In Solitude, Spite Extreme Wing, Ash Pool, these bands are all time favorites, they always touch me. This year I listened mostly Funereal Presence, Emptiness, Misþyrming, Pallbearer, Alraune, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, Elder, The Soft Moon, the first Deutsch Nepal album and Necros Christos.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Go and hope!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/leiru-interview.html


Belliciste Interview

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 08:01
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

I am recording drums for the next full length (to be titled Bàrdachd Cogaidh) in just over a week. Guitars, bass and vocals will be completed at my leisure sometime over the next few months. I also have two split releases planned, which I am very excited about.



2.So far you have released a demo and a full length with this solo project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

I would describe the overall sound of Belliciste as raw, aggressive black metal with a strong sense of melody. It also incorporates some elements of punk and heavy metal. I suppose the sound of Belliciste is most comparable the ‘Finnish’ style of black metal.

There are no major differences in sound over the 2 releases. The album consists of eight tracks, so there was more room to explore different influences and feels, but overall, there is no huge departure from the demo.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

The themes put forth by the music don’t differ to those of the early recordings in any way. These are themes of hatred, death, barbarism, pestilence, war, apocalypse and the depths of human cruelty and depravity, often explored through mythological references.



4.In one interview you had talked about bringing  in Maori concepts into some of your songs, and while a lot of ancient cultures have been explores in black metal over the years do you feel the mythology of your homeland has for the most part been ignored in black metal?

As far as I am aware, Vassafor from Auckland are the only other band to explore such themes. I think the reason for a lack of black metal bands covering these topics relates directly to the lack of black metal bands in New Zealand. I don’t have any Maori blood personally, but some aspects of Maori history and mythology were perfect for the themes explored in Belliciste (cannibalism, concepts of revenge, the deities Whiro and Hine-nui-te-po to name just a few). I also wanted to use themes that were unique to New Zealand.



5.You have also talked about Anglo Saxon folklore in a previous interview, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Yes, as well as Maori mythology, Anglo-Saxon and Norse folklore and mythology are often used to explore the various morbid themes of Belliciste. These topics have interested me since a young age, and again, they are very useful in exploring the themes of Belliciste.



6.I know that the band name means 'warmonger' in French, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

As the music of Belliciste is sonically abrasive and performed with violent and aggressive energy, the moniker is really a perfect fit. It also suits the lyrical themes of the band extremely well.



7.Over the years this musical project has been based in 4 different countries, what was the decision behind all of the moves and do you feel this has made your music a lot more stronger being around the different types of cultures?

The numerous relocations were all based on personal reasons and the flow of life, and were not based in music at all. I don’t think the different environments have really had an effect on the music. The music is composed with the same visions and energies in Serbia as it was in Scotland. I guess it’s difficult to really gauge the effect of changing environments on the music.



8.You have talked about eventually making this solo project into a live band, are there still plans for this or do you prefer to remain solo?

Recordings will always remain a solo endeavour, but I have established a line-up in Serbia, featuring some excellent musicians from some excellent bands. We hope to begin performing sometime in the latter part of 2015 or early 2016.



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Belliciste is very much an obscure band and I haven’t noticed much feedback, either positive or negative.



10.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

Barshasketh is my main source of musical output and our third album ‘Ophidian Henosis’ is set to be released by Blut & Eisen and World Terror Committee on July 30th. We also have a number of performances booked and tours in the works. As well as this, I create atmospheric black metal under the name Bròn. The debut demo Fògradh (digitally released in 2014), is set to be released on CD in the coming months, and a full length album has been completed.



11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Creating music is part of my everyday life and is vital to maintaining some degree of harmony, so I will continue to do so as long as I am able. This will mostly be in the form of the bands discussed previously in this interview, but will also manifest in some newer projects.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

There have really been no influences in the newer music which weren’t present since the beginning. Belliciste is just my vision of what pure, raw black metal should be. I listen to a wide range of musical styles these days. Outside of extreme metal, I guess the most common are classic heavy metal/classic hard rock, post-punk, neo-folk and d-beat punk, although these cover only a fraction of what I listen to.



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for the interview. The past is dead, the future is death!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/belliciste-interview.html


Deadspace/The Promise Of Oblivion/2015 Full Length Review

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 07:05

  Deadspace  are  a  band  from Australia  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  rock  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "The  Promise  Of  Oblivion".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  depressive  black  metal  sound  that  kicks  in  a  few  seconds  alter  that  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tortured  screams  and  when  they  use  solos  and  leads  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  goth  and  death  rock  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout recording  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  also  bring in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  part.

   You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  as  the  album  progresses  and  the  whole  recording  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  on  some  songs  the  vocals  almost  get  melodic  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Deadspace  plays  a  style of  depressive  black metal  that  is  very  depressive,  atmospheric and  melodic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient,  post  metal,  goth  and  death  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deadspace  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "With  Tears  of  Callous  Lust"  "Oblivion"  and  "In  The  Coldness  Of  the  Darkest  Night".  8  out  of  10.

  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/deadspacethe-promise-of-oblivion2015.html


Minneriket/Vargtimen/Akslen Black Art Records/2015 Cassette Review

mercredi 24 juin 2015 à 09:21

  Minneriket  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015album  "Vargtimen"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Akslen  Black  Art  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  brings  in  blast  beats  and  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  more  raw  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  some  of  the  riffs  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  more  depressive  side  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  while  the  remaining  songs  bring  the  vocals  back  in  while  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Minneriket  creates  a  very  diverse  style  of  black  metal  with  his  music  taking  the  raw,  melodic,  depressive  and  atmospheric  sides  of  the  genre  and  mixing  them  in  with  epic  structures  and  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  along  with  a  few  song  titles  being  in  English  and  cover  Paganism,  Existensialism,  and  Melancholy  themes  while  some  tracks  also  borrow  from  select  parts  from  the  Poetic  Edda.

  In  my  opinion  Minneriket  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  folge  spor"  "Fra  Yggdrasill"  and  "The  Ballad  Of  Ordinary  Flowers".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/minneriketvargtimenakslen-black-art.html


Opus Inferii/Ancient Mysteries Unveiled/Vacula Productions/2015 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 24 juin 2015 à 08:14

  Opus  Inferii  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays a  very  raw  and occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Ancient  Mysteries  Unveiled"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Dark and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  get  a  lot  more  heavier  and  goes  into  a  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  the  when  the  songs  speed up  they  add  in  more  blast  beats and  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  also  displays  a  great  amount  of  influences  from t he  90's  second  wave  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  and  in  some  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  synths  make  a  return  to  the  music  briefly.

  Opus  Inferii  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  and  also  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  style  of  Swedish  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Opus  Inferii  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unveiled"  "The  Hecate's  Veil"  "Nephilim's  Arrival"  and  "Anoit  To  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/opus-inferiiancient-mysteries.html